Sometimes they’ll even say ‘yes’

Conversations with four local book publishers



Saige Roberts

You did it. You finally finished writing, revising and editing your magnum opus. Your beta readers love it (even the ones who aren’t related to you), which means it’s time to find a publisher. Your book has a regional flavor and a niche market, so you decide to publish with a small, local press. Now the question is, which one?

In this article, you will find brief introductions to four Tallahassee publishing companies, each of which is open to book submissions. This is, by no means, an all-inclusive list, but it’s a good place to get started. And get started you must. For in the words of Terri H. Gerrell, publisher at Southern Yellow Pine Publishing, “If you’ve written a book, submit it somewhere.

The worst a publisher can do is say ‘no,’ but maybe they’ll tell you why. Sometimes they’ll even say ‘yes.’”


Q&A with Terri H. Gerrell, Publisher

Saige Roberts

How did your publishing company get started?
My late husband, Pete Gerrell, wrote a non-fiction book that we wanted to self-publish. We learned a lot in the process, so we decided to open our own publishing company. We started out doing 
non-fiction, added fiction seven or eight years ago and opened our children’s imprint, SYP Kids, in 2017. 

What services do you offer?
We offer editing services, formatting, illustrating and cover design. We also form a team with each of our authors to promote their books. Worldwide, more than 3,000 books are published every day; the way you make your book stand out is through marketing. We also connect our authors to each other. Each of them has unique talents and knowledge, so when we put them together, they start helping each other. 

What characterizes one of your books?
The book is timely but not overdone. With kids’ books, we look for an educational component. We also like it when an author writes with a clear flavor for a region or culture. 

What are a few of your books?
The Blue Line series by William Mark; the Fly on the Wall series by Linda Smigaj with illustrations by Mark W. Adams; The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee by Tayla Tate Boerner; and Lisbeth by Marina Brown

Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
4351 Natural Bridge Road | (850) 421-7420 | syppublishing.com


Q&A with Leland Raymond, Publisher

Saige Roberts

How did your publishing company get started?
My wife, Juanita, wrote a book that we wanted to self-publish. We bought a lot of equipment, hardware and software on the road to self-publication, and we decided to use it and our expertise to help others self-publish. We started CyPress Publications in 1995. Today, we publish under three models: self-publishing, cooperative publishing and traditional publishing. 

What services do you offer?
CyPress Publications offers whatever services authors require to turn their manuscripts into professionally published books and/or e-books. We provide the editing, proofreading and design/layout for interior text and book covers and the conversion services for e-books. For books published under the CyPress Publications imprint, we also provide distribution services.

What characterizes one of your books?
Quality and professionalism are what distinguish our titles from others in the industry. We take the time to do it right the first time.

What are a few of your best-selling books?
Hear My Faint Cry by T.W. Simmons; Carole Hair Moore’s children’s books, all illustrated by Michael Harrell; and The Other Side of Courage: The Saga of Elizabeth Blackwell by Robert Nordmeyer.

CyPress Publications   
P.O. Box 2636 | Tallahassee | (850) 576-8820 | cypresspublications.com


Q&A with Robert Holladay, Managing Editor

Saige Roberts

How did your publishing company get started? 
Dr. William Warren Rogers, history professor at Florida State University, started Sentry Press in 1972. Today, Dr. Rogers is our senior advisor. 

What services do you offer?
Sentry Press is what is known in the trade as a “subvention” press. The author (or his or her sponsor) pays the printing and design cost. We supply qualified readers, edit, market and oversee the entire production process.

What characterizes one of your books?
A Sentry Press publication is academically rigorous, physically attractive and often on a subject related to Florida, Georgia or Southern History. Our books tend to be a combination of local subject matter and academic rigor.

What are a few of your best-selling books?
Upon the Face of the Waters: A Brief History of Wakulla Springs by Tracy J. Revels, Whispers of Verdura: The Lost Legacy of Benjamin Chaires by Sharyn Heiland Shields and The Grove: A Florida Home Through Seven Generations by Jane Aurell Menton.

Sentry Press
424 E. Call Street | (850) 212-7730 | facebook.com/Sentrypress


Q&A with Lance Coalson, President

Saige Roberts

Father & Son Publishing’s History:
We began by publishing non-fiction books in 1982 and expanded rapidly into historical fiction books, especially those with stories set in Florida. Later, we added a line of cookbooks, books for children and older youth, inspirational books, DVDs and CDs. 

What services do you offer?
We offer book design, editing, packaging and complete manufacturing services. We have extensive experience, and we feel that we package the best design for the target market and genre of each of the books we publish.

What characterizes one of your books? 
We create high quality products that represent some of the best reading in the market categories and genres we serve. 

What are a few of your best-selling books?
The Three Day Promise by Donald Chung, Buffy the Burrowing Owl by Betty Gilbert, Against All Odds: Artist Dean Mitchell’s Story by Betty R. James, and these cookbook titles, which have sold over 200,000 units: The Magnolia Collection, Perennials: A Southern Celebration of Foods and Flavors, Grandma’s Favorite Recipes, Beach Cuisine : A Collection of Fine Recipes from the Atlantic Coast and Lean Beach Cuisine: A Collection of Healthy Coastal Recipes.

Father & Son Publishing 
4909 N Monroe St. | (850) 562-2712 | fatherson.com

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